Writing in his latest column for the Liverpool Echo, ex-Toffees defender Michael Ball has heaped praise on Everton ace Andre Gomes for coming back to the fold so soon after suffering a nasty ankle injury – while hoping manager Carlo Ancelotti makes the right decisions in regards to his fitness.
Gomes, who has started just seven games for Everton this season due to an ankle injury sustained during the Toffees’ 1-1 draw at home to Spurs back in November, signed permanently on Merseyside last summer after a successful spell on loan from Barcelona over the 2018/2019 campaign. Ball, who played 121 league games at Goodison Park before a £6.5 million move to Rangers in August 2001 (SoccerBase), now writes a regular column for the Echo – where he has pleaded with manager Ancelotti to do the right thing in terms of Gomes’ fitness.
The Portuguese playmaker played a full 60 minutes of an indoor friendly on Sunday, made up of a mix of U23s and senior players, managing to complete the match without any recurring fitness problems. However, as stated by Ball in the Echo, it could take a couple of more games before he is fully fit again.
“He’ll probably need a couple more, and obviously his training will get harder and harder as the weeks go on to get as much match fitness as possible,” explained the pundit.
“But it’s something to look forward to, to see him in a blue shirt at Goodison again. In terms of this weekend, it’s difficult to assess from the outside whether Gomes should be put straight back into the squad.
“You’ve just got to trust the manager and the medical staff to see where he is fitness-wise, and how confident he is himself.
“It’s great to see Andre Gomes continuing his comeback from injury, and it shows the quality he has as a player as well.”
It is indeed unclear whether Gomes is fit to start away to Arsenal at the weekend, and it could be safer to steadily ease him back into contention rather than push him in straight away.
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